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Awaiting a tiny bundle of joy? If only a stork really did bring them. The idea of going through labour can be extremely daunting, especially if you are a first time mum. Lamaze classes are designed to help prepare you for birth and ensure that you are well-equipped to deal with the physical and mental strain that labour brings with it - making birth a much less stressful experience for both mother and baby.

How does it work?

Lamaze classes follow a specific curriculum and aim to teach pregnant women and their birthing partners how to prepare for a natural birth with minimal medical intervention. The classes teach techniques to help control pain and ensure a safe and healthy birth, so that trauma and complications can be avoided.

Class content includes:

Breathing techniques Massage and relaxation techniques Positioning for labour Communication skills Information about medical procedures Advice on breastfeeding

Is it for me?

A Lamaze class can be beneficial for all pregnant women, but may be particularly helpful to you if you are an anxious or first time mum. Attending classes with your partner may help them to gain a deeper understanding of the birthing process and to feel more involved – so why not see each class as a bonding session.

Good to know

The Lamaze technique was developed in the 1940s by French obstetrician Dr. Fernand Lamaze. Merci, Dr. Lamaze!